Oxnard Elder Abusers Arrested

Oxnard Police Department Report, October 15, 2015  According to the City of Oxnard, two fraudsters were arrested on charges of financial elder abuse:

After a six-month long investigation, the Oxnard Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Financial Crimes Units arrested Gerard Paul Cruz Mangubat, 32 years old, and Ryan Romero, 27 years old, both Oxnard residents, for elder financial abuse, check fraud, credit card fraud, and Identity Theft crimes.  During  2015, Mangubat and Romero worked as in-home caregivers for terminally ill elders and used their positions to access the victims’ financial and identity information to commit thefts and fraud crimes, totaling over $60,000 in losses.  The investigation was aided by the cooperation of several banks that absorbed the financial losses.

 On October 14, 2015, detectives arrested Mangubat and Romero at their home and seized various items of Identity Theft from their home pursuant to a search warrant authorized by the Ventura County Superior Court.  The investigation was supported by the Elder Abuse Unit of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.  Criminal charges were filed against Mangubat and Romero as they were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail. Mangubat has a bail of $750,000 while Romero has his bail set at $50,000.  Arraignments for Mangubat and Romero were scheduled for this afternoon, October 16, 2015.

Neither Mangubat nor Romero had any known criminal history and both worked during 2015 for various employers.  Anybody with additional information regarding these crimes should contact Detective Erica Escalante of the Oxnard Police Department’s Financial Crimes and ID Theft Unit at (805) 385-7661 or Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s Financial Crimes and ID Theft Unit at (805) 947-8255.

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